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Parkway's Pisgah Inn Agrees To Close During Shutdown

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The popular tourist retreat located along the Blue Ridge Parkway will cooperate with the National Park Service and cease its operations. The popular tourist retreat located along the Blue Ridge Parkway will cooperate with the National Park Service and cease its operations.
The federal government shutdown has resulted in closure orders for those operating facilities on the Blue Ridge Parkway, including Mt. Pisgah Campground. The federal government shutdown has resulted in closure orders for those operating facilities on the Blue Ridge Parkway, including Mt. Pisgah Campground.

The operator of the Pisgah Inn has agreed to close by 6 p.m. Thursday as part of the partial federal government shutdown.

National Park Service officials and concessionaire Bruce O’Connell met behind closed doors before the decision was made public.

O’Connell announced his decision on the inn’s Facebook page.

“Due to the fact that a resolution to the shutdown becomes more of a distant promise every day, the Pisgah Inn in cooperation with the National Park Service has decided to cease operations … we regret the inconvenience and disappointment of our guests but we hope for their understanding.”

Across the U.S., national parks have been closed to visitors since the partial federal government shutdown began on Tuesday.

“When we experienced that shutdown in progress at Clingsman Dome with so many visitors trying to access the services there; many were foreigners and we were discussing with them what their experiences were -- they were astonished that our government could be so disabled and dysfunctional that they couldn’t even use a bathroom,” said Deb Shaw of her time visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

While Tourists can still drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visitor centers, campgrounds and restrooms are off-limits.

“It is not fair and it is not right,” says Barry Flannigan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. “The people who lose at this are not those in Washington.”

The Pisgah Inn will assist guests in making new overnight accommodations, according to Chief Ranger Steve Stinnett for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

How the government shutdown will affect tourism is unknown.

Officials with the Asheville Tourism and Convention Bureau are remaining optimistic.

Early to mid-October is peak season for fall foliage in western North Carolina.

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